Last Tuesday, Papa (Richard Ruedy) went to heaven. He wasn't sick, suffering, and we definitely weren't ready for him to leave. Silently he fell to a hemorrhagic stroke and was gone in a blink.
Several of us flew to Florida for goodbyes and to help Nana get home. As we struggle to put ourselves back together, I can only be thankful for the 27 years I've had with him, and the never ending stream of stories and memories that will forever be in my heart. Papa was a story teller, a Navy veteran, a leader of Saint Paul, the cornerstone of our family and my biggest fan.
I found this simple grocery list on his dresser. Suddenly it is precious, and symbolizes so much!
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. We are Celebrating his Life on Wednesday, May 5th in his home town of Saint Paul.
In the above photo, he is front row (on the right). He lead both Police Officers and Fire Fighters to the capital to fight or strike for health and retirement benefits. Seen below he is speaking to Minnesota congressman, leaders and media. They WON!
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